The genealogical trees
at the end of
the Red Book of Westmarch are
a small book in themselves,
and all but Hobbits
would find them
Hobbits delighted in such things,
if they were accurate:
they liked to have books filled
with things that they already knew,
set out fair and square
with no contradictions.
The three were soon busy with their meal;
and the two hobbits, unabashed, set to a second time.
«We must keep our guests company,» they said. […]
‘I am with you at present,’ said Gandalf, ‘but soon I shall not be. I am not coming to the Shire. You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained for. Do you not yet understand? My time is over: it is no longer my task to set things […]